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Ex-Niger Delta militants threaten to ‘return to creeks’ over alleged irregular overseas training, house rent allowances


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Ex-militants in the Niger Delta region under the umbrella of Niger Delta Defence Cops, NDDC, have threatened the leadership of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, over an alleged default in the payment of their housing allowances, monthly stipends, and overseas training benefits.

The ex-militants, in a statement signed by the self-styled General, Para Ekiye, and made available to newsmen in Asaba, stressed that they were ready to return to the creeks if their demands were not met.

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The group noted that all the beneficiaries of the program who were captured under Phase 3 were denied the UN Code, which would enable them go for training outside the Country.

Mr Ekiya said: “We have just concluded a meeting attended by over three hundred ex-militants under Phase 3 in an undisclosed location in the Niger Delta mangroves and have taken a position.

“We call on the Amnesty Office to attend to these issues such as: there are so many uncaptured ex-militant leaders in the 3rd phase and the captured ones are also denied the UN Code to school abroad since after their disarmament.”

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“We have discovered that politicians easily procure this UN Code from the Amnesty Office and are sending their relations and friends to schools abroad under Amnesty Programme. Enough of this politics.

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“Our house allowances are not paid and we are spending our monthly stipends to pay rents. We are tired and we give the Amnesty Office two weeks to correct these irregularities or else we have no other option than to return to the creeks,” Mr Ekiya added.

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